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 Al Neuharth Biography

Al Neuharth was born in Eureka, South Dakota, on March 22, 1924. He grew upamid rural poverty and lost his father in a farmaccident at age two. At age eleven, he took his first job as a newspaper carrier and in high schoo l, began writing for the school paper. He eventually became editor of the school paper and worked in the composing room of the weekly Alpena [South Dakota] Journal . After graduating from Alpena High School, he enlisted in the Army. He was assigned to the 86 th

Infantry Division and was shipped to Europe to join General Patton’s Third Army racing toward Germany. He earned a Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

After the war, Neuharth returned to South Dakota, married his sweetheart and enrolled at the University of South Dakota. He majored in journalism, graduated in 1950 and took a position with the Associated Press in Sioux Fal ls, S. D. as a reporter. In 1952, he and a friend launched a statewide weekly tabloid, called So Dak Sports,devoted to high school athletics in South Dakota. After raising $50,000 to start the paper, Neuharth and his partner went bankrupt in two years due to lack of advertising and poor management. Neuharth learned from his failure and, in 1953, looking forward to a new start in a different part of the country, accepted a job as a reporter for the Miami Herald.

In the next seven years, Neuharth worked his way up from reporter to assistant managing editor. While supervising the state coverage for the Miami Herald, he fell in love with the Cape Canaveral- Cocoa Beach (Florida) area. In 1960 he moved to the2 Detroit Free Press, part of the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain. Then Gannett, a chain of small-city newspapers called. Recognizing an opportuni ty to eventually take over the company, he accepted, in 1963, the position as general manager of its two Rochester, N.Y., newspaers. He assumed the role of Vice- President of Gannett and President of Gannett Florida and in 1966 started a new paper, called Today , later, FloridaToday. This was the forerunner of the national paper, USA Today . The idea for a national paper was due to the innovations of Today in Florida, which featured new designs, shorter articles, and color. Neuharth then established USA Today which published its first issue on September 15, 1982, at a start-up cost of approximately $400 million. The paper gained one million circulation in seven months and in five years had turned a profit, despite the jeers and criticism of more traditio nal papers. In 2001 the paper is firmly fixed in the national consciousness and is the most widely- read paper in th country.

When Neuharth became Chairman and CEO of Gannett Co., Inc., he dramatically expanded its holdings. In 1991, he founded the Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan, international foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people. The Freedom Forum funds and operates the Newseum from an endowm networth more than one billion dollars in diversified assets. He was honored for lifetime achievements by the National Press Foundation with the Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award. He still writes a weekly column for USA Today and his autobiography, Confessions of an S. O. B. , was a bestseller. He currently resides in Cocoa Beach, Florid

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Al Neuharth Biography

Al Neuharth was born in Eureka, South Dakota, on March 22, 1924. He grew upamid rural poverty and lost his father in a farmaccident at age two. At age eleven, he took his first job as a newspaper carrier and in high schoo l, began writing for the school paper. He eventually became editor of the school paper and worked in the composing room of the weekly Alpena [South Dakota] Journal . After graduating from Alpena High School, he enlisted in the Army. He was assigned to the 86 th

Infantry Division and was shipped to Europe to join General Patton’s Third Army racing toward Germany. He earned a Bronze Star and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge.

After the war, Neuharth returned to South Dakota, married his sweetheart and enrolled at the University of South Dakota. He majored in journalism, graduated in 1950 and took a position with the Associated Press in Sioux Fal ls, S. D. as a reporter. In 1952, he and a friend launched a statewide weekly tabloid, called So Dak Sports,devoted to high school athletics in South Dakota. After raising $50,000 to start the paper, Neuharth and his partner went bankrupt in two years due to lack of advertising and poor management. Neuharth learned from his failure and, in 1953, looking forward to a new start in a different part of the country, accepted a job as a reporter for the Miami Herald.

In the next seven years, Neuharth worked his way up from reporter to assistant managing editor. While supervising the state coverage for the Miami Herald, he fell in love with the Cape Canaveral- Cocoa Beach (Florida) area. In 1960 he moved to the2 Detroit Free Press, part of the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain. Then Gannett, a chain of small-city newspapers called. Recognizing an opportuni ty to eventually take over the company, he accepted, in 1963, the position as general manager of its two Rochester, N.Y., newspaers. He assumed the role of Vice- President of Gannett and President of Gannett Florida and in 1966 started a new paper, called Today , later, FloridaToday. This was the forerunner of the national paper, USA Today . The idea for a national paper was due to the innovations of Today in Florida, which featured new designs, shorter articles, and color. Neuharth then established USA Today which published its first issue on September 15, 1982, at a start-up cost of approximately $400 million. The paper gained one million circulation in seven months and in five years had turned a profit, despite the jeers and criticism of more traditio nal papers. In 2001 the paper is firmly fixed in the national consciousness and is the most widely- read paper in th country.

When Neuharth became Chairman and CEO of Gannett Co., Inc., he dramatically expanded its holdings. In 1991, he founded the Freedom Forum, a nonpartisan, international foundation dedicated to free press, free speech and free spirit for all people. The Freedom Forum funds and operates the Newseum from an endowm networth more than one billion dollars in diversified assets. He was honored for lifetime achievements by the National Press Foundation with the Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award. He still writes a weekly column for USA Today and his autobiography, Confessions of an S. O. B. , was a bestseller. He currently resides in Cocoa Beach, Florid

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  • How to book Al Neuharth?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Al Neuharth for both live and virtual events for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment. Fill out a booking request form for Al Neuharth, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Al Neuharth or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Al Neuharth?

    Booking fees for Al Neuharth, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies between live and virtual events. Other factors that can affect speaker fees include the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. The live and virtual event speaking fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Al Neuharth, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Al Neuharth?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Al Neuharth for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Al Neuharth for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Al Neuharth or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Al Neuharth or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Al Neuharth is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Al Neuharth for your event is available upon request. Al Neuharth generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are . Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Al Neuharth for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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